Irish Terrier Dog Breed Information


Irish Terrier Quick Facts
Irish Terrier
Breed Group: Terrier
Origen: Ireland
Nickname: Iris Red Terrier
Weight: 25-27 lbs
Height: 18 inches
Color(s): Red, golden red, red wheaten, or wheaten


Irish Terrier Appearance

The Iris Terrier is a medium, handsome dog with an alert and sensitive expression. They are one of the oldest of the terrier breeds. The Iris Terrier is graceful and powerful without being sturdy or heavy. He resembles the fox Terrier but is taller. His body is slightly longer than tall. The front legs are straight, long and muscular. It has a narrow, rectangular head, small dark eyes and bottom V-shaped ears. His tail is set high but not curled.

The Iris Terrier has a thick, rough looking, and wiry coat with a softer undercoat.†This breed has long whiskers and a bearded muzzle. The coat colors are red, golden red, red wheaten or just wheaten. The weight of the Iris Terrier is around 25-27 pounds and the height is around 18 inches.

Irish Terrier Temperament

The Iris Terrier is one of the boldest and most animated of the terriers, also known as daredevil of dogdom. It was originally bred to be a family pet, guard dog, and hunter. They are independent, strong-willed, energetic and intense. He likes to hunt, explore, play with vigor and will take as much exercise as you can offer.†They are extremely loyal to his loved ones and will do whatever it takes to protect them, with no thought to his own safety. The Iris Terrier is usually aggressive toward other dogs and small animals. Itís important to teach them early not to chase cats or other household pets.

Is Irish Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Iris Terrier could live in an apartment if plenty exercise is provided. They truly require regular exercise and are not a good match for an inactive family, without exercise, lots of companionship and personal interaction will become bored and destructive. His needs can be met with long walks or jogs on leash in a safe area or a rigorous play time session. They Iris Terrier makes a good watchdog, yet is usually dependable with people. They love children and are very tolerant of them but tend to be reserved with strangers. †The Irish terriers are not always the best choice of dog, as they are very energetic and sometimes challenging to train.

Irish Terrier Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Iris Terrier is around 12-15 years.

Irish Terrier Health problems

The Iris Terrier is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are urinary stones

Irish Terrier Care and Grooming

The Iris Terrier level of grooming depends upon the condition of its coat and whether you wish to show the dog. The more frequently is groomed the more beautiful the coat will be. They need hand-stripped/ hand-plucked at least twice a year. His wire coat needs a regular brushing and combing every week. Brush them with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. Check their ears occasionally to maintain them clean and trim excessive hair between the pads of the feet.†

Irish Terrier Shedding

The Iris Terrier doesn't shed too much, therefore may be suited for those with allergies.